Wet Kleenex?

It’s 4AM and I can’t sleep. Shocker. I made some coffee and figured I could enjoy a few glorious hours of ME time on the couch watching trashy TV until the kids wake. Just like I do every morning, I sit down, check my email, check my messages, check Facebook. That’s when I was like… UGH. It’s too early for this. As I am scrolling my news feed I come across THE ARTICLE shared by someone who has never worn LuLaRoe. You know which one I’m talking about , the one where it states the leggings are made of “wet kleenex” and that LuLaRoe is being sued over how they previously collected tax from their customers. I say previously because we have a new system that NO LONGER charges tax based on MY location, but yours. Hm. Well, that solves that. YAY!

Anyways… I stopped scrolling and thought to myself – Facebook friend, why did you share this article? You don’t wear LuLaRoe. You’ve never been charged extra tax. You don’t own a pair of  “wet kleenex” leggings. So why? My conclusion is that you don’t KNOW what LuLaRoe is about. I’m here to school ya. In a very polite way.

What is LuLaRoe? It’s clothing.

WHAT?! It’s clothing!? I know, big surprise. But yes, its clothing. It’s affordable clothing that is comfortable, cute, loud and crazy. It’s clothing that makes people feel confident and beautiful. It’s a way for women and men young and old, single or married, gay, straight or transgendered, divorced, widowed, etc. to have a common interest/love for a brand and what it stands for. Which is spreading LuLaLove.

It’s also clothing that has changed lives of those who struggle with chronic illnesses that have finally felt comfortable with what they put their body every day and don’t feel constricted by their clothing. It’s helps those going through Chemo find comfort. Can you believe that? There is an amazing women that has started a not-for-profit ministry that takes donated damaged leggings, you know, the ones that are supposedly made of wet kleenex, and turns them into hats for Men, Women, and Children going through chemotherapy so they have something that is buttery soft and beautiful to wear  as they dominate their journey through battling chemotherapy.

So, the next time your ass falls out of your leggings, which to be honest, has happened, but not often, don’t be angry (ok, you can be a little angry. I’d be kinda annoyed too!). Remember that your cold hiney is about to bring some serious comfort to someone who is fighting cancer. I don’t know about you, but that puts things into perspective to me.

LuLaRoe is also a form of income for roughly 65,000 kick ass women who were willing to take a risk to better their future. I am one of those 65,000, but you already knew that. I work really hard every day to run my business, do the best I can for my family and customers, and teach my children that with hard work comes success. I am doing what every person is trying to do with their lives – survive and be the best version of themselves they can be.

LuLaRoe is so much more than JUST clothing. Did our system charge tax in a way some felt was wrong? Sure. Was it wrong? I am not attorney or tax specialist, but the owners of the company don’t seem like folks that would try to swindle you for a few bucks on your leggings purchase. I’m just a tired Mom though so what do I know?

The leggings aren’t made of wet kleenex. Although that reference made me choke on my coffee  and giggle. It’s not true…but it was a funny reference, I’ll give them that. They are actually made of Polyester/Spandex and the technique used it patent pending to get that incredibly soft feel if you must know. I mean, if you really think they are made of Kleenex, try to make a pair of leggings out of kleenex, wet them, and then put them on. I tried this morning and let me tell you, it ain’t easy. And they weren’t even wet. because that would be kind of gross.

Harper said “Mommy…what are you doing? Those aren’t pants!” and then laughed hysterically. HA!!

I guess my rant here is that I understand the frustration some customers have. I really do! Trust me. I have my own frustrations. But, something like this doesn’t define a company and the women and men that work hard to earn a living. It just doesn’t. It’s unfortunate, but not life threatening, therefore in the big scheme of things, it’s simply an inconvenience. It was an inconvenience when the arm of my $97 dollar sweater from Nordstrom seam fell apart. It was an inconvenience when Harper smeared peanut butter on our wall. I said, are you effin’ kidding me? and went on with my day.

Anyways, by no means is this long-winded post meant to dismiss the situation at hand. Tax should be charged appropriately and leggings shouldn’t expose your butt while you are at work. But, before you jump on the negativity bandwagon, maybe take a second to think how this might affect someone you know or care about. The LuLaRoe culture is about blessing lives and strengthening families. I will continue to do that regardless of what’s thrown my way.

Lastly, if you are dead against leggings, maybe try a color block Julia. Because it is HOT!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for today. Do you.

 

XOXO,

JO

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Mind Blown. LuLaRoe 2.0

I’m back with more LuLaRoe.  The kids were BOTH napping at the same time the other day and curiosity got the best of me. My mind was blown… #ineedtogetoutmore

Ok, prior to having kids, clothes and shoes were my jam. I LOVE CLOTHES. I am no stylist, but I love trying out new looks until I find something that clicks. These days I roughly have 11 minutes to my self each day and I try to use my time wisely. Finally drinking that up of coffee I have already microwaved three times and getting to pee alone (not overrated!). My goal is to pull it together and not look like Britney Spears circa 2007 meltdown when we leave the house. #neverforget

Whether you’re a Mom, Single, Divorced, or 65 and getting your groove back, these tips are fun and you can make them work for you! Confidence is key!!

 My mind was blown when I started trying out all the ways to style myself  so I knew I had to share. One tired, no F’s given chick to another. So… here we go. #somanyfunyonswereconsumedduringthemakingofthisblog #nochildrenwereharmed #momoftheyear

Meet Amelia. She is cute, fitted on top, flared at the waist, and oh so flattering. She also has pockets!!! Ready for the mind-blowing part? PUT IT ON BACKWARDS! All you breastfeeding Mom’s needing a dress for a wedding…here you go! Zip it down, nurse the baby, and zip it up. No one will ever know you have the dress on backwards and you can look super fab while breastfeeding on the go! #youcanthankmelater

Amelia on backwards = perfect nursing dress!

Amelia on backwards = perfect nursing dress!

It has pockets!

It has pockets!

Oh hey, Cassie! I talked about you last week and needed to try you out. Glad I did. This pencil skirt is your new best friend. Don’t be afraid to try a pencil skirt!! It’s all about how you style it. Oh, and it also doubles as a super cute tube top. Yes, honey! <— insert Nene Leakes voice right there.  Heading to a baseball game or bar-b-que? Cassie should be your go to!

Sweet, sweet, Azure. This is such a soft, comfortable skirt and I love how versatile it is. Having a baby over the summer? Get this. Super comfortable and totally C-section friendly, too!! Wear it as a skirt, dress, or top (or scarf!!). It rocks my world and will rock yours too. Plus, this is such a great skirt to have if you’re traveling at all this year. Three outfits in one. I don’t know about you, but my Husband has a heart attack when he sees how much I pack for a trip. This just saved me 3 extra outfits and the $75 over-weight limit at the airport. #winning

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Maxi Skirts are my obsession. I live in Maxi’s as soon as it hits 60 degrees. It’s  such an easy outfit that anyone can put together! Put on your maxi,  a cute tank, and sunnies. Last step is to throw that hair in a messy bun and you are out the door. I used to stay clear of Maxi’s because I’m only 5’2‘’, but I jumped on this train and I’m never looking back! Plus, this skirt also doubles as a dress  and that makes this Mama happy.

Leggings/Jeans + Classic Tee/Randy Tee – this is my uniform. I live in leggings and t-shirts. Not so much leg prisons anymore ( aka – jeans), but I still put them on occasionally.  Make these looks fun by adding a cute necklace and flats or chucks! I am so comfortable in these outfits I would swear I’m naked. Lucky for you, I’m not. Two kids back to back has the girls looking like Brody’s 3rd birthday balloon we still have from February. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about… and if you really don’t know what I’m talking about, then I’m not sure how far our friendship can go.  #justkidding #boulderholdersareyourfriend #thankskids

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Outfit Details: Top - LuLaRoe Randy Tee (XXS), Jeans - Express. Shoes - Converse.

Side note- I noticed this on the crack of my leggings today and it made me almost die. I cannot wait for someone to tell me to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

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Last but not least, your new best friend, Irma. You probably need 5 of these, like yesterday. It covers your tush, is perfect with leggings, looks insanely cute knotted with a skirt, and makes the most AMAZING sleep shirt… HA! I am not even kidding. I wear an Irma to sleep at least 3 nights a week and it glorious. Do yourself a favor and add and Irma (or 3) to your closet.

Ok, so, that’s all I got.  All of these selfies made me realize I need to turn of Harry The Bunny when the kids go down for a nap. Seriously, an hour went by the other day until I realized I was the only person awake and still watching Bubble Guppies. In my defense, it was the episode when Molly gets a baby sister and I had been secretly excited to watch it. I can’t believe I just said that out loud… #youknowyouwatchedittoo

Anyways… Hope this gives you some new ways to style your clothes and make it your own! Comfort is key. No one wants to feel like this while chasing after their kids at the park…. #sorrykim #ouch #girlfriendneedssomelulalove

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Happy Strolling!

P.S. how sick are you guys of seeing my living room in all of my selfies? I wish I was like @rachparcell but I have a better chance of being eaten by a shark. #lifegoals

P.P.S. Shop with me HERE

P.P.PS. If you are a consultant and have a Turdma in XXS, hit me up!!

Stages of LuLaRoe Addiction…

 

I’m starting to think I have an addictive personality. First it was strollers followed by diaper bags. Then came Sew Sassy pants for little miss….now the addiction is for myself, and it’s called LuLaRoe. A.K.A buttery soft goodness. I guess I could be addicted to worse things so I’ll look at it as a positive… Insert my Husband rolling his eyes RIGHT HERE.

A few months back, a local LuLaRoe Consultant asked me to try out some leggings and see what I thought. I didn’t really think much of it and said sure when she asked. Obviously the first thing I did was google LuLaRoe;  My research turned up one thing: the leggings were, well, loud. I was not used to loud and was not sure how I felt about the leggings but didn’t want to make any assumptions until I got them on my body. I couldn’t find anything on their website so I figured I would just wait for my leggings to arrive and didn’t give it another thought.

Fast forward to the day my leggings arrived. Oh. My. God. are the words that came out of my mouth. In that moment, I knew I would never put on regular pants again…ever! #5weeksandgoingstrong

Welcome to the stages of a LuLaRoe Addict…

Stage 1: What is LuLaRoe? Is it Lu-La-Row? Lu-La-Roo? Why can’t I buy it on their website? This is frustrating…. but I’m in intrigued…How the heck do I buy them!??!

Stage 2: Dude. Who is going to wear leggings with Pineapples on them? Not me.  Do these come in black?

Guess what...I bought Pineapple leggings. #eatingmywords

Guess what…I bought Pineapple leggings. #eatingmywords

Stage 3: ::Mailman arrives with leggings:: These are really soft, I wonder how they fit. Probably awful. ::puts leggings on::  Woah, woah, woah!!!! These are the most amazing leggings to ever touch my body! How are they one size!?! What kind of sorcery is this??

Stage 4: Buy all the leggings.

Stage 5: Who is Irma? Everyone keeps talking about how Irma is their BFF. I need to meet her…

Stage 6: Oh heeeey, Irma. You are two sizes too big. Probably should have listened to everyone telling me to SIZE DOWN. But you are cute…I think I need more of you, and maybe your little friend Cassie too…

Stage 7: Join 450 Shopping groups and the LuLaRoe BST pages and make your mail carrier wish he/she had a different  route…. (the moment you hit “join” is where it all goes down hill… in a really good, expensive way).

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Actual Screen Shot from my phone. I’ll just let you guys think this is all of the groups I’m in… #ineedtochargemyphonebeforethenextpopup

 

Stage 8: What’s a Unicorn? I don’t see a Unicorn on that floral dress? What are these women talking about. Let me do a little research…

Stage 9: HELP ME FIND MY UNICORN!!!!

Stage 10: Find said Unicorn and refuse to pay $150 for it.

Stage 11: Pay $150 for your Unicorn.

Stage 12 a: Learn what pattern mixing is and make it your b****.

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Yep. I am wearing floral leggings and an arrow print Irma… And no, I don’t care if you think it matches or not.

Stage 12 b: Put on your favorite Pineapple leggings and striped Irma you thought were so ridiculous 4 weeks earlier and walk into Target like you’re Bey at the Grammy’s. #whoruntheworld

Stage 13: Sign on to be a LuLaRoe Consultant so your Husband can’t distinguish what’s yours and what’s inventory. #truestory #justkiddingbabe #noimnot

 

Ok, ok, ok. All joking aside, LuLaRoe is AMAZING. It’s so much more than just clothing. The support the women give each other in the groups is off the chain!! There is no body shaming, no worry about size, no judgment because your DISO is the Turdma. We are all there because we love the way we feel in LuLaRoe. I’m in hundreds of groups on Facebook ranging from Mommy/Baby to Garage Sale groups and I can honestly say the LuLaRoe pages are filled with positivity ( Ok, like 90% of the time it’s positive…until Consultants change their group setting and everyone get PISSED) and encouragement to be yourself. I love that. Rock on ladies!! Do you.

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Happy Strolling!

P.S.

DISO = Desperately In Search Of.

Turdma = Irma that looks like it has turds on it.

That is all.

Wait! if you ever want to shop with my addicted self once I make it through the LONG list of Consultants to be, CLICK HERE! 🙂 XOXOX

Ok, that is all. For real this time.

 

LulaRoe – because you NEED to know.

So we just came back from St. Lucia which was AMAZEBALLS!!! I’m not sure everyone who saw me singing TLC Waterfalls during karaoke felt the same, but there were zero F’s given on my end. Anyways, by day 3 the only thing I could think was that I WANTED TO PUT ON MY LULAROE LEGGINGS!!! I was also thinking I shouldn’t have had so much Champagne and that I seriously missed my kids. I am officially obsessed.

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If you don’t already have a pair of these glorious leggings, you probably need to get yourself a pair (or 3) right away. like right now. They are insanely comfortable, they don’t stretch out, they aren’t see through, and best of all they are a higher rise which conceals that post-baby sexiness. You know what I’m talking about, ladies.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little hesitant at first due to the crazy prints, but now I am OBSESSED with the prints. I don’t even own a pair of the solid colors. I am the proud owner of leggings with Pineapples all over them.  Aside from the leggings, they have amazing tops, skirts and dresses. I don’t own any of those yet…keyword here being YET. 

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They even have them for kids!!!!!! AH!

Lounging around the house? Throw on your LulaRoe. Running to Target? Throw on your LulaRoe. Have a hangover from singling Waterfalls at 1:00AM and traveling for 13 hours? Throw on your LulaRoe.

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These have become the only thing I wear. I looked like one of those crazy dumpster divers 2 weeks ago digging through the laundry because I couldn’t find any of my leggings and it’s the only thing I wanted to put on. Not my finest moment, but they are THAT GOOD.

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Come on. You know you want to wear insanely bright floral leggings all day everyday.

Mama’s, treat yo-self. Get some of these leggings. You need them.

P.S. I am so obsessed I am hosting an online event with my friend. So…..if you need a reason to shop, CLICK HERE to join next weeks online extravaganza.

Happy Strolling!